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Bishop Deeley Announces Seven Priest Assignments

PORTLAND---Bishop Robert P. Deeley has announced seven additional priest assignments, with effective dates noted below.

Effective July 1, Fr. Benedict Olusegun Faneye, OP, has been appointed chaplain at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion, St. Mary’s Residence, and Central Maine Medical Center, all located in Lewiston. Since November of 2018, he has served as parochial vicar of Stella Maris Parish (St. Vincent de Paul Church, Bucksport; Our Lady of Holy Hope Church, Castine; St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, Stonington), St. Joseph Parish (St. Joseph Church, Ellsworth; Blue Hill Mission, Blue Hill; Our Lady of the Lake Mission, Green Lake; St. Margaret Chapel, Winter Harbor), and Parish of the Transfiguration of the Lord (Holy Redeemer Church, Bar Harbor; St. Peter Church, Manset; St. Ignatius Church, Northeast Harbor). Originally from Nigeria, Fr. Benedict is a member of the Dominican Fathers and Brothers of the Province of St. Joseph the Worker, Nigeria and Ghana. Fr. Benedict began formation with the Dominicans in 1985 and was ordained to the priesthood on May 21, 1994, in Baltimore, Maryland. He earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria; a master of divinity degree from the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of studies in Washington, D.C.; a licentiate in moral philosophy from The Catholic University of America, also in Washington, D.C.; and a doctorate in health-care ethics from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Since his ordination, Fr. Benedict has served as a hospital and nursing home chaplain; a lecturer in bioethics, moral philosophy, and moral theology at the Dominican Institute in Nigeria; a member of the Institutional Ethics Committee of Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.; an administrator in the Dominican Development and Missions Office in Maryland; and as parochial vicar at a church in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, his final assignment before arriving in the Diocese of Portland last year.


Effective July 17, Fr. Anthony F. Kuzia, CM, has been appointed pastor of Our Lady of the Lakes Parish (Our Lady of the Lakes Church, Oquossoc; St. Luke Church, Rangeley; St. John Church, Stratton; Bell Chapel, Sugarloaf Mountain). Since January of this year, Fr. Kuzia has served as the temporary administrator of Prince of Peace Parish (Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Holy Cross Church, and Holy Family Church, all in Lewiston), Holy Trinity Parish in Lisbon Falls, and Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in Sabattus. Fr. Kuzia previously served as pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in Lisbon Falls in the late 1990s. A native of Ansonia, Connecticut, Fr. Kuzia was received into the Vincentian community in 1969. He earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Niagara University in Lewiston, New York, and a master of divinity degree from Mary Immaculate Seminary in Northampton, Pennsylvania, before making his final vows on June 13, 1974. Fr. Kuzia was ordained to the priesthood in the Mary Immaculate Seminary chapel on May 29, 1976.  Since his ordination, Fr. Kuzia has served as a parochial vicar at St. Michael Church in Derby; faculty member at St. John Kanty Prep in Erie, Pennsylvania; superior, consultor, vocations director, and treasurer for the New England province of the Vincentian Order; pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in Lisbon; vicar for priests for the Diocese of Portland; pastor of St. Peter and Sacred Heart Parishes in Concord, New Hampshire; pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Pelham, New Hampshire; and parochial vicar of St. Stanislaus Parish in New Haven, Connecticut. In addition, Fr. Kuzia was responsible for supervising the construction of the DePaul Provincial Residence in Manchester, Connecticut, and the current Holy Trinity Church in Lisbon Falls. 


Effective July 17, Fr. Paul G. Murray will take a leave of absence. Since June of 2016, he has served as administrator of Our Lady of the Lakes Parish (Our Lady of the Lakes Church, Oquossoc; St. Luke Church, Rangeley; St. John Church, Stratton; Bell Chapel, Sugarloaf Mountain). Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Fr. Murray attended Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, Massachusetts. He graduated with an associate degree in business administration from Massachusetts Bay Community College. In 2004, he entered Holy Apostles College & Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut, before completing his clerical studies at Saint John XXIII Seminary in Weston, Massachusetts. He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Richard J. Malone on May 30, 2009, at Holy Family Church in Lewiston. His first assignment was serving at Corpus Christi Parish in Waterville and Christ the King Parish in Skowhegan. In October of 2011, he was named parochial vicar at St. Agnes Parish in Pittsfield and Our Lady of the Snows Parish in Dover-Foxcroft. In August of 2014, he was appointed as residential care chaplain in the parishes of Immaculate Heart of Mary in Auburn and Prince of Peace in Lewiston. As the full-time residential care chaplain of these areas, Fr. Murray served the senior residential care institutions located in Lewiston and Auburn and provides coverage for emergencies at Central Maine Medical Center and St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center as a backup to the regular chaplains when they are off duty. In addition, he assisted Fr. Robert D. Lariviere, pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, by celebrating selected Masses at parish churches. Prior to entering the seminary, Fr. Murray was a member of the Madonna House Community in Ontario, Canada, for 19 years. The Catholic community of lay men, women, and priests serve in a mission capacity in more than ten countries worldwide. As a member of the community, Fr. Murray served in hospitality/maintenance at the community center in Ontario, a hostel in the Yukon, a retreat center in England, and a soup kitchen in Saskatchewan.


Effective July 1, Fr. Timothy J. Nadeau has been appointed as parochial vicar of Stella Maris Parish (St. Vincent de Paul Church, Bucksport; Our Lady of Holy Hope Church, Castine; St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, Stonington), St. Joseph Parish (St. Joseph Church, Ellsworth; Blue Hill Mission, Blue Hill; Our Lady of the Lake Mission, Green Lake; St. Margaret Chapel, Winter Harbor), and Parish of the Transfiguration of the Lord (Holy Redeemer Church, Bar Harbor; St. Peter Church, Manset; St. Ignatius Church, Northeast Harbor). A native of Caribou, Fr. Nadeau earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Southern Maine and completed his clerical studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. On May 18, 1991, he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Joseph J. Gerry, OSB, at Holy Rosary Church in Caribou. Fr. Nadeau’s first assignment was as a parochial vicar at Holy Family Parish in Lewiston, where he served until being named pastor of St. Ann Parish on Indian Island in June of 1995. In July of 1996, in addition to his duties at St. Ann, he was appointed pastor of St. Mary Parish in Orono. In June of 1997, Fr. Nadeau was named pastor of St. Ann Parish in Bradley while continuing as pastor of St. Ann on Indian Island. In June of 2000, Fr. Nadeau was named pastor, in solidum with Fr. Claude Albert, of St. Ignatius Parish and Holy Family Parish, both in Sanford, and Notre Dame Parish in Springvale (the three churches now comprise St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish in Sanford). In June of 2008, Fr. Nadeau was appointed administrator of St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Bangor and, in May of 2010, he became pastor of the parish where he served until his appointment as pastor of Prince of Peace Parish (Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Holy Cross Church, and Holy Family Church, all in Lewiston) in July of 2016. In May of 2017, in addition to his duties at Prince of Peace, Fr. Nadeau was also appointed pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in Lisbon Falls and Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in Sabattus.


Effective July 1, Fr. M. Arockia Natha Prabu, HGN, (“Fr. Prabu”) has been appointed parochial vicar of the Parish of the Precious Blood (Holy Rosary Church, Caribou; Sacred Heart Church, Caribou; Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Presque Isle; Our Lady of the Lake Church, Portage; St. Catherine Church, Washburn; St. Denis Church, Fort Fairfield; St. Joseph Church, Mars Hill; St. Louis Church, Limestone; St. Mark Church, Ashland; St. Theresa Church, Stockholm). A native of Tiruvannamalai, India, Fr. Prabu competed his clerical studies at St. John’s Minor Seminary in Nidadavole, India, and St. Joseph’s Major Seminary in Kurnool, India. While in formation, he spent a year of pastoral ministry teaching English to sixth and seventh graders in Prathipadu, India. He was ordained to the priesthood on April 10, 2013, in Melavalady, India. Since his ordination, Fr. Prabu served as an assistant parish priest, similar to a parochial vicar here, at five churches in four different parishes in India, before receiving his assignment in Maine.


Effective July 1, Fr. Dominic Savio, HGN, has been appointed as parochial vicar at the Portland Peninsula and Island Parishes (Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Parish, Portland; Sacred Heart/St. Dominic Parish, Portland; St. Christopher Parish, Peaks Island; St. Louis Parish, Portland; St. Peter Parish, Portland). Fr. Savio currently serves as chaplain at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion, St. Mary’s Residence, and Central Maine Medical Center, all in Lewiston. A native of Tamil Nadu, India, Fr. Savio began seminary formation in 1994 and was ordained to the priesthood on December 29, 2003. From January of 2004 to May of 2008, Fr. Savio served as parochial vicar at St. Anthony’s Shrine in the Diocese of Madras-Mylapore in Tamil Nadu. From June of 2008 to March of 2013, he served as principal at the Good News School in the Diocese of Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India. In April of 2013, Fr. Savio arrived in the Diocese of Portland and received his first assignment as parochial vicar at Corpus Christi Parish in Waterville, where he served before receiving his current assignments in Lewiston in July of 2016. Fr. Savio is a member of the Heralds of Good News (HGN), a missionary society of apostolic life started in India in 1984. The specific aim of the Heralds is to promote vocations to the priesthood and the training of seminarians.


Effective July 1, Fr. Agustin Sebasthiyan, HGN, (“Fr. Agustin”) has been appointed parochial vicar of Holy Spirit Parish (St. Mary Church, Wells; St. Martha Church, Kennebunk; All Saints Church, Ogunquit). Fr. Agustin is currently parochial vicar of Parish of the Precious Blood (Holy Rosary Church, Caribou; Sacred Heart Church, Caribou; Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Presque Isle; Our Lady of the Lake Church, Portage; St. Catherine Church, Washburn; St. Denis Church, Fort Fairfield; St. Joseph Church, Mars Hill; St. Louis Church, Limestone; St. Mark Church, Ashland; St. Theresa Church, Stockholm). Born in 1983, Fr. Agustin is a native of A. Kalathupatty, a town in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. He holds bachelor’s degrees from Annamalai University and Tamil Nadu Teachers Education University, both located in Tamil Nadu. He completed his clerical studies at Heralds College in Poonamallee, India (2000-2002), St. John’s Major Seminary in Kurnool, India (2002-2006), and St. Don Bosco in Hyderabad, India (2006-2007). He was ordained to the priesthood on March 5, 2011, at the Heralds of Good News in Melavalady, India. Since his ordination, Fr. Agustin has served as an assistant parish priest in four Indian towns: Rayapeta and Ambattur (2011-2012), Christu Nagar (2012-2013), and Naduvalur (2013-2014). In 2014, he was appointed principal of Divine Mercy School in the Diocese of Nalgonda, located in the province of Hyderabad, India, where he served until arriving in Maine in June of 2017.